Blythewood voters head to polls early

Voters lined up outside Blythewood Middle School. Jeanne Reynolds photos.

Overcast skies promising rain didn’t deter hundreds of voters who lined up early this morning outside Blythewood Middle School, a major polling location in the Blythewood area.

The line just after the polls opened at 7 a.m. wrapped around two sides of the building. Inside, approximately 60 more people waited to check in and take their turn in a voting booth.

“I’m just trying to do my part,” said George Augustus of Blythewood. He said the school bond referendum and governor’s race drew him out this morning.

The school bond issue was also a motivator for Walter Ordiorne of Blythewood. “I don’t want my taxes to go up. This big turnout means people are voting against something,” he said.

Change was also on the mind of Tune Kimble of Blythewood. “I want to change the way this country is going,” he said.

For Taylor Kemp of Blythewood, the election had even more significance. “This is my first time voting,” said Kemp as she pushed her toddler daughter in a stroller. “The last election I didn’t have a chance to vote. I want to be the vote that makes a difference.”

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